PassMark Security has completed a $7.7 million investment round led by Menlo Ventures, to allow PassMark Security to expand its technical and marketing teams in order to meet demand for PassMark, an online security solution that addresses “phishing” and fraud scams. PassMark Security develops anti-fraud and authentication solutions for consumer ecommerce with PassMark’s Two-Factor Two-Way Authentication.
Telecommunications specialist WorldTeq Group has teamed with VAT to offer private branded debit cards. The Rockville, MD-based company says it is in discussions with several very large Hispanic organizations concerning distribution of the new card product. WorldTeq offers a wide range of telecommunications and Internet services along with related products and utilizes the services of Qwest, UUNET, Global Crossing, and Broadwing. In September, WorldTeq signed an agent contract with Merchant Bank Card Services. (CF Library 9/12/02)
MD-based WorldTeq Group International has signed an agent contract with Merchant Bank Card Services. WorldTeq Group International offers a wide range of telecommunications and Internet services along with related products via independent agents, associations, sales organizations, and affiliate marketing, through several wholly-owned subsidiaries.
Phone card provider WorldTeq Group International has signed a new agent contract with Florida and Texas-based TMJTelecom. WorldTeq Group International offers a wide range of telecommunications and Internet services along with related products via independent agents, associations, sales organizations, and affiliate marketing companies, through several wholly-owned subsidiaries.
bCard.net, a subsidiary of PrimeHoldings.com, Inc. Wednesday announced an agreement with NewLeads Inc., a leading provider of trade show lead systems and services that help companies improve the quality and timeliness of their trade show leads. The agreement gives NewLeads the rights to read and integrate the bCard technology in their products and services.
NewLeads, a powerful lead qualification and distribution system, will now be compatible with bCard technology. Under the agreement, NewLeads will include the bCard smart card reader in each of its shrink-wrapped software packages. NewLeads is currently used at major trade shows across North America by leading trade show exhibitors such as IBM, AMP, Motorola, Symantec and UUNet.
“NewLeads was designed for exhibitors who rely on trade shows to generate sales leads,” said John Hasbrouck, president of NewLeads. “Using smart card technology, bCard brings an extremely reliable technology to the trade show market for lead retrieval systems,” he said.
According to Hasbrouck, the use of the bCard reader and NewLeads software enables attendee information to be gathered quickly and with perfect accuracy. The leads are immediately available to be processed by the exhibitor or by NewLeads, which improves the exhibitor’s odds of closing a sale. With bCard and the bCardPoints reward system, NewLeads is adding value to customers who are looking for better ways to reward their prospects. Now they not only have the best lead system, but also a way to reward the attendee with something more meaningful than a free pen or notepad.
“Adding NewLeads as a bCard business partner is a milestone for bCard.net,” said Ivan Lazarev, president, bCard.net. “The acceptance of bCards by the NewsLeads system greatly expands the number of trade show exhibitors that will accept bCards and use bCardPoints.”
With over 170,000 bCards distributed, bCard.net has established itself as one of America’s leaders in the emerging smart card industry — estimated by market research firm Frost & Sullivan to be a $5 billion worldwide market by 2003.
About NewLeads Inc.
NewLeads Inc. is a leading provider of exhibitor owned lead systems. NewLeads provides software, hardware, training and consulting, and leads processing for the largest exhibitors in North America. NewLeads is a member of the International Association of Exhibit Managers (IAEM) and the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA). The company is headquartered at 605 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 780, Los Angeles, California 90015 and can be reached by phone at (213) 624-5314, by email at [email protected] or at its web address, [http://www.newleads.com].
About bCard.net, Inc.
bCard.net, a subsidiary of PrimeHoldings.com, is the developer of a revolutionary Internet-based business-to-business Loyalty Information Network. bCards are universal electronic business cards, based on proprietary “smart cards: used to store, transfer and other wise manage information about business professionals. bCards can store large amounts of digital information that can be easily shared and stored to facilitate communication between business professionals and commerce between business entities. bCard.net’s global electronic business card technology will create a new Internet-based communications environment for business-to-business transactions and become a leading global business-to-business communications portal. bCard.net is proving to be an essential Internet portal for the dissemination of information and for conducting e-commerce activities related to the bCardPoints(TM) affinity program.
About PrimeHoldings.com, Inc.
PrimeHoldings.com, Inc. (formerly Prime Source Communications Holdings, Inc.), OTC Bulletin Board: PRIM, is a holding company for high-growth electronic commerce (e-commerce) businesses. PrimeHoldings.com has built a sophisticated infrastructure of technology that is utilized by each of its subsidiaries to provide better service, reduce costs, and provide greater manageability during periods of extreme growth. This allows its portfolio companies to run more efficiently and profitably. PrimeHoldings.com is intent on acquiring and managing a diverse portfolio of e-commerce businesses that will yield an outstanding return on shareholder investment. Current PrimeHoldings.com companies include: bCard.net, a leader in smart card technologies; Navilor, a leader in electronic data collection, management and distribution; and GolfAgent USA, the leading online tee-time reservation system. For more information call 801-562-1444 or visit [http://www.primeholdings.com].
Trintech yesterday announced the addition of industry leaders Edmund P. Jensen, former president and CEO at Visa International, Magdalena Yesil, a high-tech venture capitalist in Silicon Valley and a founder of CyberCash, and Robert Schneider, CEO of SCM Microsystems, to its Advisory Board.
Trintech created the Advisory Board earlier this year to assess market changes and add payment industry heavyweights to help define the company’s future.
“We are fortunate to have the knowledge and experience of our three new Advisory Board members in helping shape the vision of Trintech,” said John McGuire, co-founder and CEO of Trintech.
“It is crucial for Trintech to leverage their invaluable market insight and know-how to compete in today’s market. Ed, Magdalena and Robert also bring with them a wealth of management experience and proven track records.”
Edmund P. Jensen has more than 25 years of experience in the financial and payment card sector. He served as president and CEO of Visa International from 1994 to 1999 and now works with several venture capital firms and as an advisor for several high-tech companies in Silicon Valley.
Prior to his tenure at Visa International, Jensen held the posts of vice chairman and chief operating officer at US Bancorp, where he worked for two decades. Jensen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Washington.
“There is great synergy with Trintech’s Internet payment strategy and my experience at Visa International and US Bancorp,” said Jensen. “I’m excited about being a part of Trintech’s future.”
Magdalena Yesil, a high-tech venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, is a world recognized expert in e-commerce and Internet security. She has been instrumental in developing the current Internet payment transaction paradigm as a founder of CyberCash and, later, MarketPay, a transaction aggregation engine that separated the financial transaction from the payment.
For her work in the payment space, she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Red Herring Magazine in 1997. In the early 1990s, Yesil played a significant role in developing and evangelizing UUnet. Yesil holds a Master’s degree in electrical engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, both from Stanford University.
“The stakes are high in the Internet payment processing market,” said Yesil. “My experience in the electronic payments industry and Trintech’s Internet vision makes a great fit for embracing e-commerce transaction processing.”
Robert Schneider founded SCM Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCMM), a provider of smart-card reader and digital TV security products and technologies, in 1990 and is a world expert on smart-card systems.
Schneider today serves as CEO of SCM Microsystems. Schneider also serves as chairman of the board and managing director of SCM Microsystems GmbH, a German subsidiary of SCM Microsystems, Inc. Schneider earned a degree in Engineering from HTBL. SCM Microsystems is dual listed on the Nasdaq and the German Neuer Markt.
“I am very much looking forward to actively participating as an Advisory Board member at Trintech,” said Schneider. “As card payments move from magnetic stripe to chip and remote devices like set-top boxes proliferate, companies like Trintech and SCM can benefit from our mutual expertise.”
Founded in 1987, Trintech is a leading provider of secure electronic payment solutions for card-based transactions in the physical world and over the Internet. The company offers a complete range of payment software products for credit, debit, commercial and procurement card applications, as well as being a world leader in the deployment of payment solutions for Internet commerce that are fully SSL- and SET-compliant. Trintech’s range of scalable open systems architecture solutions for UNIX(R) and Windows NT(TM) platforms covers consumer, merchant and financial institution requirements for physical payments and the burgeoning world of electronic commerce. Trintech can be contacted at 2105 South Bascom Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008, USA (Tel: 408/879-1884). Trintech can be reached on the Web at [http://www.trintech.com].
CheckFree was named among the recipients of the first-ever Check Point Excellence Award, presented by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. , a worldwide leader in policy-based management for IP networks. The Check Point Excellence Award recognizes companies that have demonstrated the most innovative and successful implementations of Check Point Software solutions, with winners spanning the consumer products, banking, government, advertising and publishing markets. The winning CheckFree implementation was the result of CheckFree and security solutions provider SecureIT teaming up to design a network security solution equivalent to that of a “steel vault.”
Using the market-leading Check Point FireWall-1 and Check Point Real Secure, CheckFree and SecureIT developed a robust security solution with high availability and reliability capable of supporting online services for some of the nation’s largest banks. Check Point Real Secure is the leading intrusion detection product from Check Point’s OPSEC (Open Platform for Secure Enterprise Connectivity) partner Internet Security Systems (ISS).
“CheckFree’s deployment of Check Point Software products is a great model of how organizations are using technology to design real business solutions,” said Deborah Triant Rieman, president and chief executive officer of Check Point Software Technologies, Inc. “The Check Point Excellence Award gives us an opportunity to publicly recognize CheckFree for its outstanding innovation.”
“CheckFree is very pleased to be among the first companies to receive this prestigious award,” said Jeff Reich, vice president and chief security officer for CheckFree. “We always strive to be on the cutting-edge of solutions that will help our clients maintain the most secure environment for handling their customers’ confidential account information.”
The criteria for receiving a Check Point Excellence Award included: innovation of implementation using Check Point Software solutions; quantitative demonstration of how the deployments provided a return on investment to the business; enterprise-wide implementation focus; and use of multiple Check Point Software and third-party OPSEC products.
Other Check Point Excellence Award winners were The Boston Globe, The Clorox Company, The Forum Corporation and UUNET Technologies, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and FishNet Consulting Inc., and MacManus Group and Dataway Inc.
About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is a leading provider of policy- based management solutions for IP networks. The company is dedicated to enabling secure, reliable, and manageable business communications through its products, which include the world’s leading enterprise security suite, FireWall-1(R); the industry’s leading VPN family of solutions, VPN-1; the industry’s premier bandwidth management solution, FloodGate-1; and Meta IP, the leading network and IP address management software. The company has U.S. headquarters in Redwood City, Calif., and international headquarters in Ramat-Gan, Israel. For product information, please call (800) 429-4391 or (650) 628-2000, or visit their Web site at .
Founded in 1981, CheckFree (), the operating subsidiary of CheckFree Holdings Corporation, is the leading provider of financial electronic commerce services, softwared related products for more than 2.5 million consumers, 1,000 businesses and 850 financial institutions. CheckFree designs, develops and markets services that enable its customers to make electronic payments and collections, automate paper-based recurring financial transactions and conduct secure financial transactions on the Internet.
Check Point, the Check Point logo, FireWall-1, FireWall-1 SecuRemote, FireWall-First!, OPSEC, INSPECT, VPN-1, UAP, FloodGate-1 and IQ Engine are trademarks or registered trademarks of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Meta IP and Meta DNS are trademarks of MetaInfo Inc.
Forman Interactive Corporation announced Wednesday the addition of SiteAmerica, a Forman business unit, as a new CyberCash Gold Partner. SiteAmerica, a leading small business commerce hosting firm, intends to deliver over 250 additional e-commerce clients to CyberCash, Inc. over the next 12 months.
As a CyberCash Gold Partner, SiteAmerica offers its online merchants a wide variety of CyberCash services including the CyberCash CashRegister 3.X Internet Payment Architecture, allowing merchants to perform secure and easy online credit card transactions; a streamlined merchant registration and tracking system, simplifying the process for merchants wishing to establish an online storefront; and 7/24 second line merchant support, designed to complement SiteAmerica’s current Customer Support efforts.
“We have found that CyberCash has made it fast and easy for companies to handle online payments. Our partnership with them will allow us to further extend our ability to service small and medium sized merchants,” said Richard Forman, CEO of Forman Interactive. SiteAmerica has been sending clients to CyberCash since 1996 and is one of leading e-commerce development firms on the Internet.
According to Maureen Loftus, senior vice president of merchant services for CyberCash, “SiteAmerica is experienced, knowledgeable, and professional. It is a pleasure doing business with them. We look forward to working with SiteAmerica to grow our combined client base and providing a premier electronic commerce payment solution.”
About Forman Interactive Corp.
Forman Interactive Corp. (FIC) is focused on the development of products and services that will allow small- to medium-sized businesses to benefit from the hosting opportunities in e-commerce on the Internet. Steven Klebe, former vice president of sales and marketing at CyberCash, joined Forman Interactive’s Board of Advisors in January of 1998.
FIC offers a wide range of products and services, including free domain name registration at [http://www.register.com] which forwards domain name registrations to Network Solutions, Inc.. FIC also offers the critically acclaimed Internet software, Internet Creator, which allows organizations to design, build and publish a complete Internet Web site in under an hour. Internet Creator provides web site authoring solutions and is competitive with Microsoft FrontPage, Adobe Pagemill and Quarterdeck. SiteAmerica has strategic relationships with British Telecommunications, PLC and Digital Equipment Corp., and competes with AT&T, UUNET, PSIX, AOL, IBM, Earthlink, IDT, Mindspring, Open Market, and Netcom.
CyberCash, announced Monday the next generation of electronic commerce payment services, ‘CashRegister 3’. Through the new service, CyberCash enables merchants to accept the widest range of payment options including payment cards (SSL and SET), electronic cash and ‘PayNow’ electronic checks. CyberCash will take over responsibility for a number of components of the payment process. ‘CashRegister 3’ will connect a merchant’s software to the ‘CyberCash Payment Service’. This new service has essentially redistributed the payment application allowing merchants to install a small piece of code, called the ‘Merchant Connection Kit ‘, and connect to the ‘CashRegister Service’. The bulk of the payment code now resides on CyberCash servers. ‘CashRegister 3’ will encapsulate payment tasks and administration formally undertaken by the merchants/technical partners and shift the responsibility to CyberCash.
The fourth annual Internet & Electronic Commerce Conference & Exposition (iEC) will focus its 1998 event exclusively on electronic commerce solutions. Returning for its fourth year, the GartnerGroup leads iEC with its high-level conference focusing on strategies for senior-level executives and decision makers. For the first time, GartnerGroup will be joined by the National Computer Security Association (NCSA), covering security issues; Forbes magazine, focusing on electronic commerce initiatives for small businesses and entrepreneurs; and VISA presenting its EC product strategy in a day-long workshop. In addition, iEC will launch the first technical skills conference for MIS and IT managers responsible for EC implementation, produced by Advanstar, the event’s organizer.
With more than 200 exhibits and 80 conference sessions, iEC is the nation’s largest event dedicated to electronic commerce. iEC will be held at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on April 27-29, 1998 and is expected to attract well over 10,000 technology decision makers from around the world.
“With electronic commerce growing as never before, companies are changing the focus of their marketing strategies. With all the Internet events in the market, there is a need for one that clearly addresses the question `How do I make money through this EC thing?’ iEC is totally committed to answering that question — and answering it at all levels of the enterprise,” comments Rich Westerfield, show director for Advanstar, producer of the iEC event.
“The four conference programs individually target the key functions essential to electronic commerce implementation: the corporate team that provides the site funding and strategy; the marketing executives who integrate the commerce strategy into their mix; the MIS professionals responsible for network and transaction security and for overseeing network infrastructure; and of course, the Web site developers who wrap it all together in a user-friendly interface,” added Westerfield.
Industry leaders and analysts will offer their predictions, statistics and forecasts for the world of electronic commerce through an educational platform that caters to all corporate executives involved with the decision making and implementation of EC solutions.
– A strategic conference, conducted by GartnerGroup, will target senior-level executives and their role in electronic commerce. Panel discussions and keynote speakers will offer real-world practical analysis and visionary insights on a solid array of topics to help corporate decision-makers. Tracks will include Industry Electronic Commerce Case Studies, EC Over the Internet, Interactive Marketing and Online Financial Services.
– The iEC technical conference is designed to present middle managers and technology implementors with the information they need to make informed, educated choices, when choosing software solutions, hardware, and applications. iEC’s technical conference brings accessible, timely and useful information for IT managers who are responsible for implementing electronic commerce strategy within their companies. Topics will include “Server Operating Environments – Technical Choices,” “Web Hosting: Providing E-Commerce Added Value to ISP Customers,” “Java in Internet Commerce,” “WebEnabling R/3 Applications,” and “Voice/Video Over IP Networks: Theory and Practice.” The technical conference will also offer case studies including insight from E*Trade, U.S. Office Products, Bally Gamemaker, and the Wall Street Journal Interactive.
– The National Computer Security Association (which will be known as the International Computer Security Association effective on January 1, 1998) is conducting a conference dedicated to computer security issues. This interactive conference is structured as a practical complement to both the technical and strategic conference and will address the types of due diligence and care required for corporations to ensure the proper steps are taken to protect information. Aimed at technical MIS managers and implementors, this educational program will inform corporations of the dangers that lurk in new technology and how to avoid security problems.
“We believe that a company needs to develop an Internet security strategy as one of the key elements in their electronic commerce initiative,” explained Dr. Mich Kabay, director of education for the NCSA. “The conference sessions that we will offer at iEC will outline all of the areas that executives need to be looking at when choosing security measures including applications, cryptography, site certification, vendors and product manufacturers.”
– Forbes magazine will offer the fourth program focusing on how-to sessions on the best methods of implementing electronic commerce strategy for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
– VISA will also be holding a day-long conference to present its electronic commerce product strategy. More information on this conference will be forthcoming.
All conference attendees will be invited to hear four high-profile keynote speakers, Halsey Minor, chairman and CEO of CNET: The Computer Network; Jim McCann, president of 1-800-FLOWERS, Inc.; David Boyles, vice president of Smart Cards and Interactive Services at American Express Co., Inc.; and Michael S. Dell, chairman and chief executive officer for Dell Computer Corporation, all of whom are prepared to offer their insight into how to make conducting business on the Internet more profitable.
In addition to the conference sessions, attendees to iEC will be able to see the technologies discussed in the seminars on the trade show floor with over 200 vendors including sponsors AT&T, GE Information Services, IBM, KPMG, Manugistics, Mastercard, Peat Marwick, and UUNET, which will offer all of the latest products and services in a range of exhibits, from hardware manufacturers, to software developers and business integrators that can customize real-life solutions.
GartnerGroup, Inc. is the world’s leading independent advisor to business professionals making information technology (IT) decisions. It provides research, analysis and advice on strategies for users, purchasers and vendors of IT products and services with more than 450 analysts in 75 locations worldwide. GartnerGroup provides its more than 8,300 clients organizations and over 30,000 clients around the world with timely, strategic advice on the application, management, measurement, market research and direction of IT, and training on IT. Additional information is available on the World Wide Web at
Expocon, a division of Advanstar Communications, is a major producer of both domestic and international trade and consumer expositions and conferences as well as publisher of related industry directories. Expocon events cover a variety of industries including printing, electronics, publishing, entertainment, medical/health, computer, merchandising, licensing and advertising. In addition to iEC, Expocon produces other leading IT events, including iEC B2B, On Demand, and On Demand West. For more information about iEC contact Kit Hamilton, director of marketing for Expocon, at 203/256-4700 ext. 112. Or visit our Web site at
Electronic commerce may be the present marketing trend, but how can a company, big or small, ensure that it is ready to do business on the Web? The 1998 Internet & Electronic Commerce Conference & Exposition has captured the electronic commerce experience and expertise of several industry leaders to answer questions and predict the future of EC. In addition to GartnerGroup presentations and industry case studies, iEC keynote speakers provide powerful examples of EC success stories. This year Malcolm “Steve” Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc.; Jim McCann, president of 1-800-FLOWERS, Inc.; Michael S. Dell, chairman and CEO for Dell Computer Corporation; and Halsey Minor, chairman and CEO of CNET, will each share their views and expectations on electronic commerce.
“This is a conference about learning first-hand the dos and don’ts of implementing a successful EC strategy,” said Rich Westerfield, iEC show director. “We are thrilled to have all four of these distinguished gentlemen talk to our attendees about how the Internet is generating additional revenue for businesses. The addition of Steve Forbes as a keynote speaker underscores the point that electronic commerce is truly integrated into the plans of mainstream business.”
GartnerGroup has planed this year’s conference with four distinct program tracks to appeal to a myriad of professionals.
— Track 1 Industry EC Case Studies. Prioritizing, supporting and funding online initiatives and then measuring the success or failure of EC programs has become a crucial element as companies look to determine the effectiveness of their Web-enabled business strategies. Case studies from the insurance, retail, publishing, and entertainment industries will be used to effectively explore this topic.
— Track 2 EC Over the Internet. Leading Web commerce merchants are fast becoming aware of the previously “hidden” complexities and expenses of EC ventures. Discussions such as How to Organize for Web EC Success, EC and Extranet Applications, E-Marketplace, Managing Purchasing on the Internet, and The Future of EC will analyze the risks and rewards of doing business on the Internet.
— Track 3 Interactive Marketing. Interactive marketing isn’t just about having a Web site. It’s about engaging customers in a continuous two-way dialogue in order to better hone marketing messages. Sessions such as Marketing in a Multichannel World, Interactive Marketing, Push Technology, Personalizing Web Sites, Value Networks, and Customers in the Driver’s Seat identify the opportunities and pitfalls of using the Internet as a marketing medium.
— Track 4 Online Financial Services. Banking, brokerage, Smartcards and payment schedules are all essential elements of the online financial services industry. E-Banking Case Studies, “Cyber-Venture” Funding, Internet Security Futures, E-Payments, and SET conference sessions will generate important discussions on the challenges facing the industry.
“The four tracks in the GartnerGroup conference program offer a variety of solutions to executives from diverse backgrounds,” said Dave Taylor, GartnerGroup vice president and research director. “Case studies will cover many industries, including publishing, entertainment, financial services, and travel, to name a few. The speakers, moderators and panelists for the conference provide answers through first-hand experience as well as research.”
Developing and supporting a successful EC strategy is never easy, but the 1998 iEC keynote speakers have set new industry standards. These industry leaders will share their personal experience and insights into their EC strategies and solutions.
— Malcolm “Steve” Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc. Mr. Forbes will discuss how to create the perfect match when marrying target audience with advertiser. On a national scale, he will address the powerful effects electronic commerce will have on the American economy.
— Jim McCann, president of 1-800-FLOWERS Started as a small family-owned flower shop in New York, 1-800-FLOWERS grew to be the world’s largest florist. As an early adopter of electronic commerce, Mr. McCann began selling over the Internet six years ago and will share his success story and strategy.
— Michael S. Dell, chairman and CEO for Dell Computer Corporation Building a Web site that generates $3 million in sales per day is virtually unheard of. But Mr. Dell has done it and might be the first to make a billion dollars over the Internet alone. He will share his successful EC initiative.
— Halsey Minor, chairman and CEO of CNET Can CNET’s new SNAP do for the Internet what AOL did for online services? And if so, will Halsey Minor become the new king of “content?” Mr. Minor will discuss how he is partnering for EC success.
With over 200 exhibits, 80 conference sessions, and more than 10,000 attendees, iEC is the nation’s largest event dedicated to electronic commerce.
Returning for its fourth year, GartnerGroup leads iEC with its high-level conference focusing on strategies for senior-level executives and decision makers. For the first time at iEC, the International Computer Security Association (ICSA) will cover security issues and Forbes magazine will host a conference focusing on electronic commerce initiatives for small businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition, iEC will launch the first technical skills conference for MIS and IT managers responsible for EC implementation. All four conferences will be held at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on April 27-29, 1998.
In addition to the conference program and keynote speakers, over 200 vendors including sponsors AT&T, GE Information Services, IBM, KPMG Peat Marwick, Manugistics, Mastercard, Microsoft and UUNET will demonstrate the latest products and services available. Exhibitors include hardware manufacturers, software developers, and business integrators.
As the world’s leading authority on information technology (IT), GartnerGroup provides its clients with cutting-edge insights that support competitive decision making across the IT spectrum. With expertise in the areas of IT research, decision support, analysis, measurement, consulting and training, GartnerGroup is at the center of a global community of more than 33,000 individual clients, representing over 9,000 discrete organizations served by more than 750 analysts in over 80 locations around the world. Its unique “value-added” resources are the intellectual capital of GartnerGroup and its robust proprietary databases. Through those resources, together with formal methodologies, GartnerGroup offers the integrated products and services that bring clarity to the current and future direction of the world’s hottest and most volatile industry. Additional information is available on the World Wide Web at .
Advanstar Communications is a world-wide business information company, which publishes more than 70 business magazines and professional journals, produces over 100 exhibitions and conferences throughout the world, as well as related direct marketing, database, directory and reference products. In addition to serving the electronic commerce industry, the company’s portfolio serves health care, pharmaceutical and scientific fields and a variety of retail and service industry segments. The company currently operates from multiple offices in the United States, Latin America, United Kingdom, and Asia. For more information, visit the events Web site at .
As sure as electronic commerce is the future, implementation is a serious challenge. The 1998 Internet & Electronic Commerce Conference & Exposition (iEC) is dedicated to providing the answers with the launch of their first technical skills conference for MIS and IT managers. The iEC Technical & Applications conference program will provide the technical information that implementors need to choose the right software, hardware, and applications that support their organization’s electronic commerce strategy, as well as explain how to work with many of these applications.
With over 200 exhibits, 80 conference sessions, and more than 10,000 attendees, iEC is the nation’s largest event dedicated to electronic commerce. The conference will be held at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on April 27-29, 1998. The Technical & Applications Conference complements iEC’s fourth annual, high-level, electronic commerce conference produced by GartnerGroup.
“With electronic commerce growing as never before, CEOs are changing their business to fully embrace the opportunities an integrated EC strategy allows. But strategies need the right hardware, software, and applications to support these new e-business opportunities. That’s where the iEC technical conference comes in. We’ve developed a comprehensive program to answer the `how-to’ questions of MIS and IT professionals,” said Rich Westerfield, show director for Expocon, a division of Advanstar Communications, producer of the iEC event.
The iEC technical conference offers timely, accurate, and useful information to the IT and MIS managers who provide the technical support behind electronic commerce ventures. A sampling of conference topics include Utilizing Intelligent Agents to Analyze Advertising and Marketing Data, The Internet and Distributed Object Computing, Digital Authentication, Selecting a Commerce Server, Secure Web Architectures, Secure Electronic Commerce Putting the Pieces Together, IPv6 The Next Generation Internet Protocol, and Implementing Bandwidth Strategies.
Case studies are an essential part of the iEC learning experience as industry leaders talk about their successes, their failures, and the knowledge they gained. Following is a sample of the sessions and case studies being presented
— The director of systems and technology at U.S. Office Products, a major office supplies company, will discuss how his organization faced the challenges of implementing an electronic commerce transaction processing application with sub-second response rates. They found the answers in a unique Java architecture and ultra-thin client technology.
— The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition case study will prove how information, as well as goods, can be sold over the Internet. Conference attendees will learn about the technology behind article delivery and content management.
— Expecting a billion dollars in sales over their Web site alone, representatives from Dell Computer Corporation will discuss key considerations in deploying electronic commerce sites, present an in-depth analysis of hardware and software systems, and share their experience in developing a highly scaleable site.
— E-Trade’s case study of successful development and deployment of a mission-critical application over the Internet will demonstrate how to select server software; ensure, performance, scalability and high availability; integrate with legacy application; and determine ROI.
— Harvard Business School Publishing will demonstrate how to attract customers and assure purchases. System architecture, management and administrative tools, security, content recommendations, and the development of one-to-one customer relationships will all be part of the discussion.
All iEC attendees will be invited to hear four high-profile keynote speakers including Michael S. Dell, chairman and chief executive officer for Dell Computer Corporation; Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc.; Jim McCann, president of 1-800-FLOWERS, Inc.; and Halsey Minor, chairman and CEO of CNET The Computer Network. Having seen financial success on the Internet, each keynote speaker will share his experiences in conducting a profitable business on the World Wide Web.
In addition to the conference program, over 200 vendors including sponsors AT&T, GE Information Services, IBM, KPMG Peat Marwick, Manugistics, Mastercard, and UUNET will demonstrate the latest products and services available. Exhibitors include hardware manufacturers, software developers, and business integrators.
GartnerGroup, Inc. is the world’s leading independent advisor to business professionals making information technology (IT) decisions. It provides research, analysis and advice on strategies for users, purchasers and vendors of IT products and services with more than 450 analysts in 75 locations worldwide. GartnerGroup provides its more than 8,300 clients organizations and over 30,000 clients around the world with timely, strategic advice on the application, management, measurement, market research and direction of IT, and training on IT. Additional information is available on the World Wide Web at [http//www.gartner.com]
Advanstar Communications is a world-wide business information company, which publishes more than 70 business magazines and professional journals, produces over 100 exhibitions and conferences throughout the world, as well as related direct marketing, database, directory and reference products. In addition to serving the electronic commerce industry, the company’s portfolio serves health care, pharmaceutical and scientific fields and a variety of retail and service industry segments. The company currently operates from multiple offices in the United States, Latin America, United Kingdom, and Asia. For more information about iEC contact Norien Hutchinson at 203/256-4700 ext. 112. Or visit our Web site at